WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD

Once upon a farm lived a fat red hen

A duck in a pond and a goose in a pen

A woolly sheep a hairy hog

A handsome horse and a dainty dog

A cat that miaowed and a cat that purred

A fine prize cow and a ladybird

And the cow said  “moo”

And the hen said  “cluck”

“Hiss” said the goose

And “quack” said the duck

“Neigh” said the horse

“Oink” said the hog

“Baa” said the sheep

And “woof” said the dog

One cat “miaowed” while the other one “purred”

And the ladybird said never a word

But the ladybird saw and the ladybird heard

She saw two men in a big black van

With a map and a key and a cunning plan

And she heard them whisper

“This is how we’re going to steal the fine prize cow

Open the gate at dead of night

Pass the horse and then turn right

Round the duck pond past the hog

Be careful not to wake the dog

Left past the sheep then straight ahead

And in through the door of the prize cow’s shed !”

And the little spotty ladybird

Who never before had said a word

Told the animals

“This is how two thieves are planning to steal the cow

They’ll open the gate at dead of night

Pass the horse and then turn right

Round the duck pond past the hog

Being careful not to wake the dog

Left pass the sheep then straight ahead

And in through the door of the prize cow’s shed !”

And the cow said “moo”

And the hen said “cluck”

“Hiss” said the goose

And “quack” said the duck

“Neigh” said the horse

“Oink” said the hog

“Baa” said the sheep

“Woof” said the dog

And both the cats began to “miaow”

“We can’t let them steal the fine prize cow”

But the ladybird had a good idea

And she whispered it into each animal ear

At the dead of night the two bad men

Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len

Opened the gate while the farmer slept

And tiptoe into the farm they crept

Then the goose said “neigh” with all her might

And Len said “that’s the horse – turn right”

And the dainty dog began to “quack”

“The duck” said  Hugh “we’re right on track”

“Oink” said the cats

“There goes the hog. Be careful not to wake the dog”

“Baa baa baa” said the red fat hen

“The sheep we’re nearly  there” said Len

Then the duck on the pond said “moo moo moo !”

“Two more steps to go” said Hugh

And they both stepped into the duck pond

SPLOSH !

And the farmer woke and said “golly gosh”

And he called the cops and they came “nee nah !”

And they threw the thieves into their panda car

Then the cow said “moo”

And the hen said “cluck”

“Hiss” said the goose

And “quack” said the duck

“Neigh” said the horse

“Oink” said the hog

“Baa” said the sheep

“Woof” said the dog

And the farmer cheered and both cats purred

But the ladybird said never a word

(Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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